• Lhasa Cuisine
• Highland Mushroom Steamboat
• Tibetan Cuisine
• International Buffect
• Stay at Local 4★ hotel throughout
• 4-berth soft sleeper cabin on Qinghai – Tiber Railway
• 4-nights upgraded accommodation at Shangrila-La hotel or similar class
(Meal on Board)
Your holiday begins with a pleasant flight to Chengdu, provincial capital of Sichuan. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel to rest for the night.
Depart Chengdu for Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Arrive in Lhasa to the warmest welcome from the Tibetan people at Gongkar airport (3600m above sea level). Travel 100km against the flow of Yarlung Zangbo River towards the holy city of Lhasa and enjoy the magnificent view along the way. Take a good rest to acclaim to the high altitude. Stay the night in Lhasa.
In the morning, visit the landmark of Lhasa – Potala Palace, a structure that deserves a place as one of the wonders of Eastern architecture. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang Temple – the most revered religious structure in Tibet, and the surrounding area – Barkhor, Lhasa’s pilgrimage circuit. This area is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans.
You'll start the excursion to Namco on this day. Drive through the Qiangtang Plain, look over Nyaiqen Tanglha mountain range, occasionally you'll encounter herds of yaks and bharals, finally reach the Sky Lake. Later on the way back to Lhasa, you will visit the world-famous Yagpachen Geothermal Zone. Marvel at the spectacular hot spring and spouting geysers. Return to Lhasa for rest.
Today, you’ll explore outside of Lhasa. In the morning, travel 110km to visit Yamdrok Yumtso – one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. The winding road all up to the mountain is bumpy but also thrilling. Let the beauty of Kambala pass (5030m) overwhelm you along the journey. Be charmed by the fabulous shade of deep turquoise as we view the holy lake from the summit of Kambala pass. Next, take in the view of Karola Glaciers. Continue your journey to Gayngtze and visit Kumbum Monastery. Next, travel about two hours (100km) to Shigatse.
In the morning, travel to the residence of Panchen Lama, the largest Gelung (Yellow Hat Sect) monastery in Tibet – Tashilunpo Monastery. Built in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the 1 st Dalai Lama, the monastery houses a 28m bronze statue of a sitting Buddha, the largest in the world. After visiting this magnificent monastery and having lunch at Shigatse, travel back to Lhasa along the picturesque Yarlung Zangbo River. Stay the night in Lhasa.
(Breakfast)After breakfast, take Qingzang Train ride to Xi’ning. (Meals on board are at own expense). Note: Distance from Lhasa to Xi’ning is 1956km. Tibetan train departs at noon and arrives in Xi’ning. Total travel time is about 22 hours.
Today, your train arrives at the mountainous Xi’ning. Upon arrival to visit Ta’er Monastery, one of the six greatest monasteries of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is noted for its extraordinary art of yak butter embroidery, wall painting and yak butter sculpture. Then experience the difference between Loess Plateau and Qinghai–Tibet Plateau, as well as between Chinese and Tibetan culture by visiting the wellknow Ri Yue Mountain, Ri Pavilion and Dao Tang River. Another highlight of the day is seeing the famous Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor), which is the largest inland salt lake in China. It’s a surreallooking saline lake that contains plenty of fishes. Stay the night in Xi’ning.
Start the day with a visit to Dongguan Mosque – one of the most famous mosques in Northeast China. Take flight to Chengdu. Upon arrival to visit Kuanzhai Alley and Jinli Street.
Bid farewell to beautiful Chengdu as we head to airport for your flight back to Singapore.